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What You Should Know More About San Francisco

  • Travel Advice


    ·         Make sure you do not travel alone in the night hours.

    ·         Ensure that you have had sufficient research before going to any new place.

    ·         Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    ·         Always ensure that you book a room in an area that is known to you.

    ·         Beware of thefts. Make sure you have kept all your cash and valuables safely.

    ·         Inquire about the room safe before booking a hotel

    ·         Do not get involved in any fight with anyone.

    ·         Make sure you double check the seal of the water bottle before buying.

    ·         Check the quality of the street food before ordering for it.

    ·         Do not let anyone deceive you.

    ·         Girls make sure you do not get over friendly with the locals here.

    ·         Do not book any cab or taxi without negotiating the fare for the same. 

  • Drinking Age

    The legal age for drinking in San Francisco is 21 years. 

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    The Golden Gate Bridge


    The Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark place to see in the San Francisco Bay. It is even one of the most photographed site of the city with it orange structure and the blue waters flowing beneath it. During the night hours, this structure is lit with the flood lights and looks magnificent. The Golden Gate Bridge connects Marin County and San Francisco with different other districts taking you further north. At one point of time, in the history, the Golden Gate Bridge was regarded by the U.S. Travel Service as one of the greatest man-made sight in the United States. The bridge opened in the year 1937 and took about four years for construction. When the bridge was completed, it was regarded as the longest suspension bridge in the world that measured 2 miles in length.


    Alcatraz Island


    Alcatraz is a notorious and historic penitentiary that is located in the San Francisco Bay. It is one of the most infamous prisons of the America. The jail was in operation for over 3 decades and saw a shut down in the year 1963. Further in the year 1973, the jail was reopened however this time, it was open only as a tourist attraction. Some of the renowned criminals of America have served their term here. You can take a ferry ride from here to the island. This ride will help you tour the sites while hearing out the audio recording which offers fine glimpse into the life of the criminals in the prison and the jail term spent here. In its course of 30 years, the prison saw a total 1576 convicts. It never had more than 250 convicts at any given time despite the prison having 450 cells. Often the staff and the guards here were more than the total convicts kept here. While people usually come here for viewing the prison, the island is a prime seabird for the nesting sea birds.   


    Fisherman's Wharf


    One of the prime sightseeing attractions of San Francisco is the Fisherman's Wharf. If this is your first visit to the city and you can not spare more than a day or two to check out the sights here, the Fisherman's Wharf is the best place to start. This old section of the city was once called as the Little Italy of San Francisco. It is an area predominantly known for its beautiful setting along the waterfront, shops and the restaurants. Taking a stroll here is one important thing to do. It is also a good way to get the desired local taste of the city. From here, you can take up the different sightseeing cruises to explore the spectacular views of the city. Prime attractions here include the Ghirardelli Square and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.    


    Golden Gate Park


    Golden Gate Park is a home to a number of museums and gardens. It is a delightful green space that is nestled in the centre of the San Francisco and is considered as the ‘lungs’ of the city.’ Prior to 1871 much before the development started, this was an area of the arid dunes. As of today, the park has a vivid network of cycling and walking trails. More than 5000 different species of plants along with a dozens of species of trees and lakes can be found here. Significant attractions here include the Steinhart Aquarium, de Young Museum, San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden.  

     

  • What you will like there?

    The Weather:


    San Francisco is known to have some of the best weather in the world. The weather in San Francisco is usually cooler than what you’ll experience outside the city and because of this very reason, San Francisco is a comfortable all round the year for an unwinding vacation. The weather here changes just all of a sudden and the fog takes over leaving the city chilly. Most of the tourists who come here tend to love the city for this very reason.  


    The Food:


    Given the humongous diversity in the city, you can actually discover a new cuisine from just about anywhere in the world here. San Francisco is a world leader when it comes to culinary delights. You can find a great restaurants highlighting the cuisines from every country in the world. Believe me folks, they really do it well. Eating the fantastic retreats of the city is one of the most important thing to do.  


    The Shopping:


    San Francisco has a number of places to shop. If shopping is your thing, The Union Square area of the San Francisco can be a must visit place. It happens to be the largest shopping neighbourhood in whole of the USA. You can find just about every designer label here. From Saks Fifth Avenue to Neiman’s, Neiman’s, Gap, Sephora and Levi, all your favourites can be found here. You can also find some obscure fewer known boutiques in this area and also at the more popular neighbourhoods of San Francisco like the Pacific Heights or the Mission district or the San Francisco Centre


    The Walking:


    San Francisco is indeed the perfect walking city. So, when you come here, it is important for you to bring along your walking shoes. After you are done with all the walking and exploration, you can take any of the public transportation here which is readily accessible all round the city.


    The Public Transportation:


    San Francisco is home to some of the best Public Transportation systems in the world. A number of public transport choices are available for you to get around the city. You can make a choice from the street cars, buses as well as the underground and above ground Muni Trains, boats and BART that move all around the city to take you to your desired location.


    Cheap Laughs


    If you are here on Wednesday, head to the Dark Room at 8 PM. Here you can experience stand up in the hands of some of the most seasoned as well as the unique comics of the town. It is often regarded as the best alternative comedy show of the business. At tickets of $ 5, you can see some of the funniest talent from Comedy Central.


    Yoga With A Twist


    Friday night of the 16th Street is neither the right time nor the place for you to expect to see your folks trying their downward dogs yet this is something that more and more people are doing today for a span of 90 minutes at the Dolores’s Laughing Lotus Centre. Candles are lit and the lights are dimmed as a result of which the flow is achieved to beat of live music that is supplied by the Bay Area's grooviest music.  


    Fly a Kite


    First – Head to the Chinatown Kite Shop where you’ll find the most exquisite collection of hand painted kites which is newly arrived from China for $ 20 to $ 35.

    Second – You must head to the northern most point of the Crissy Field where brisk sea breezes play over the 40 or so hectares of marshes and meadows.  

    Third – Launch kites in the air and have the fun you have had in the years.

    Flying a kite here is indeed one important activity for you to indulge in.


    The Culture:


    San Francisco is a melting pot of diverse cultures. You can find incredibly great food to relish here. This majorly is because of the diversity which is present in the city. 


    The Entertainment:


    Right from the Broadway shows to concerts and sports events, San Francisco is a world class city when it comes to entertainment. Given the best venues such as The Castro Theatre, the Fillmore, Golden Gate Theatre and the Warfield, all of which have a huge history and give you a chance to partake in the entertainment in the form of best shows, concerts or events of the city.


    The Hills:


    Hills of San Francisco add to the unique beauty of the city thereby giving it a signature look. TV shows like The Streets of San Francisco and Movies like Bullitt have been shot here on the San Francisco streets. In both of them (TV series and movie) you can see some impeccable shots of the hills overlooking the Bay Bridge.


    The Hotels:


    San Francisco has a wide variety of hotels for you to make a choice. Right from budgets stays to lavish resorts and guest houses, there is something to suit every budget. From boutique hotels to cute, chic and tiny stays, San Francisco has a lot in store.


    Attractions


    San Francisco is a home to an array of places to see that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some of the most fascinating tourist attractions include:

    ·         Golden gate bridge

    ·         Alcatraz Island

    ·         Chinatown

    ·         Fisherman’s Wharf

    ·         Haight-Ashbury

    ·         Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    ·         The Exploratorium

    ·         Presidio National Park

    ·         Union Square

    ·         Pier 39:


    Cable Cars


    The cable cars of San Francisco have remained unchanged ever since their introduction in the year 1873. They are a sheer adventure in themselves. Despite today being the 21st century, you still can’t travel backwards in them rather muscle grip men will be required to manually operate the brakes which keep these from careering headlong down the city's treacherously steep hills. Despite all this, the panoramic views of the city that you can get from inside the cable cars is an experience to behold. More so, if this is available at a ticket of $5, why would you want to give it a miss? 

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  • When is the best time to visit San Francisco?

    San Francisco is one of those cities that is considerably warm almost the whole year round. While the best time to visit is in the fall season, there are hardly any tourists in the summer season.

    • March to May – these months mark the spring season here. During these months the weather is pleasant and one can find cheap hotel rates. The soothing weather makes exploring the city on foot easier and more fun.
    • June to August – these months mark the summer season and are the hottest months in San Francisco. The scorching heat of the sun and the high temperatures can force you to stay indoors and ruin your vacation so it is recommended that one visits San Francisco in these months only if they want to enjoy the summer festivities that take place in the Bay Area.
    • September to November – these months are the most suited time for tourists. During this fall season the temperature is average and the warm breeze can set an excellent mood for a beach outing. The weather is perfect for exploring the city and just going to amusement parks or doing adventure activities. These months are highly recommended for all kinds of tourists.
    • December to February – the chilly breeze and the low temperature might cause some hindrances for those who do not like travelling to cold countries. Besides such tourists these winter months are perfect to enjoy San Francisco and explore the city. One might want to carry some umbrellas as they may witness slight rainfall in these months.

  • How to reach San Francisco?

    Being a busy city, San Francisco is very much connected with the whole world. One has an array of options to reach this magnificent city.

    • By Air – San Francisco houses three major Airports which are easily accessible; these Airports are San Francisco International, Oakland International and Norman y. Mineta San Jose International. Most of the major airlines have flights flying in and out of these airports from all over the world. These airports are at an average distance of 10 miles from the main city which can be covered by taking the public transportation or by scheduling a cab.
    • By Train – one can easily take an Amtrak long distance train to reach the Bay Area directly in San Francisco. The train arrives in Emeryville and Oakland from where the tourists can take a bus or BART trains to reach anywhere in the city. Some very famous routes are California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Capitol Corridor and so on.
    • By Bus – there is no central bus line present in San Francisco so one can reach this wonderful city by bus only if they are present in the nearby cities like California, Oakland and so on by taking tickets from the local operator present there.
    • By Boat – one can easily reach the bay Area of San Francisco by taking ferries or boats. It is a much faster mode of transport and also gives you an opportunity to witness the great city skyline. Ferries run between San Francisco and cities like Larkspur, Sausalito, Oakland, Marin County and many more on a daily basis.

  • What are the things to do in San Francisco?

    San Francisco is the heart of the United States of America. Every year thousands of people go this city to have a gala time. San Francisco is an amazing city and there are numerous things which one can do here. Some of the things that can be done here are:

    • Sightseeing- San Francisco has a rich historical background and over the years many monuments have been built here. There are some outstanding sites which can seen visited in the city. The San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge is the world's longest bridge without a pillar. The bridge is an architectural marvel and no where else in the world has someone been able to acheive it. One can also visit the the Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park or the AT&THE Park hete.
    • Museums- The people of San Francisco love their art. There are very different types of arts present in the city and one will be left speechless after seeing them. One can visit the Walt Disney Family Museum if they want to enjoy with their kids, the Legion of Honor if they love art or the Musee Mecanique which is a speciality museum.
    • Water sports- San Francisco has a river near the city which makes it the perfect place for one to have water activities. There are number of water sports which one can do here like river rafting, kayaking or one can also go for speedboating and boat tours.

  • What is the local food of San Francisco? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    San Francisco is a very populous and artistic city. Making food is also an art for them and they love their art. This makes the experience of having good in San Francisco even more special. There are some mouth watering food which one can have in San Francisco and some of them are Fried chicken ramen, Montanara, chicken with explosive chilli, etc. There are not many places where one can enjoy these, but few of them are:

    • Z & Y
    • Farina Pizza
    • Suzu Noodle House
    • Taqueria Cancun

  • What is the best public transport to commute around San Francisco?

    San Francisco is a very important city of The United States of America and it a very well developed city. The public transport us excellent here and it is the most convenient way to travel within the city. The public transport system if San Francisco includes:

    • MUNI- MUNI is the local municipal railway system of San Francisco. These are trains which run on regular roads of the city and special tracks have been made on the roads for them. MUNI is considered to be the heritage of San Francisco. It operates at low speed, thereby increasing the travel time.
    • Bus- San Francisco has an excellent transport system and the buses operate very frequently in the city. It is the cheapest way to travel from one to the other in San Francisco.

    One can also book a cab or take a shuttle, if they want, to commute within the city. Taking a cab would be the fastest way for commutation.

  • What is the local language in San Francisco and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    In San Francisco majority of the people speak English and consider it to be their primary language. Besides English, the most common language used in the Bay Area would be Filipino also known as Tagalog. Some commonly used greetings in Filipino are:

    Good Morning - Magandang umaga

    Good Day - Magandang tanghali

    Hello – Kamusta

    What is the price of – Ang Presyo

    How far – Gaano Kalayo

  • Which are the best shopping places in San Francisco and what are they famous for?

    People of San Francisco love to shop. This love of theirs can be seen when goes to any of the marketplace. The city is filled with malls and markets. There are some amazing shopping places in San Francisco and some of them are:

    • Westfield San Francisco Centre- This mall is one of the largest malls in San Francisco. It is huge and one can find all the best brands in world here. Even a non-shopper will be tempted to go on a shopping spree in this mall.
    • Crocker Galleria- This mall is not the largest in the city but it still is home to some outstanding brands. The collections of clothes are wonderful. The best thing about this place is its architecture. The place looks majestic from the outside and not like a mall.
    • Chestnut Street- street markets are the best place to shop when visiting a city as one can get great clothes at really cheap prices. The best thing about these markets is its portrayal of the local culture.

  • How is the nightlife in San Francisco?

    San Francisco has a rather wild nightlife. Everything is active at night and there are some great night clubs present here that can set the right mood. Some of the best nightclubs that one must go to experience the ultimate nightlife present in San Francisco are:

    • Chambers Eat & Drink
    • Vinyl Coffee and Wine Bar
    • Monarch
    • Audio Discotech
    • Vertigo

  • Where is the Golden Gate Bridge located in San Francisco?

    The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the greatest tourist attractions present in San Francisco. It is a 1.6 mile suspension bridge that connects the city of San Francisco and California to Marin Country. It is located on the northern tip of San Francisco peninsula. This Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and must be visited while in San Francisco.

  • Where can I enjoy adventure activities in San Francisco?

    One of the best things about this city’s location is that due to its natural features like the Bay Area it can offer some really great adventure activities to its tourists like:

    • Surfing
    • Rock Climbing
    • Kayaking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Kiteboarding
    • Wind Surfing
    • Hiking

  • Which are the famous places to enjoy Wildlife in Francisco?

    Understanding the life of animal is the most beautiful thing mankind has ever done. This feat has enabled people to spread love beyond humans. Many people visit San Francisco in order to capture some beautiful pictures of animals from the wildlife areas and sanctuaries near the city. Some of these places are:

    • Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
    • Waddel Creak
    • East Meadow
    • Pierce Ranch

  • Which are the famous amusement parks in Francisco?

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    In order to satisfy one’s adventurous side, they can visit some of the famous amusement parks present in San Francisco that has some of the most thrilling and adventurous rides. Some of these famous parks are:

    • Golden Gate Park
    • Mission Dolores Park
    • House of Air
    • Children’s Fairyland
    • Barrango
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  • How far is Alcatraz Island from San francisco? And how can we reach there?

    The Alcatraz Island is located 1.65 miles away from the San Francisco Bay Area. It houses the Golden Gate Recreation Area and is open for tours almost the entire day. One can easily reach this cute little island in 15 minutes by taking a ferry from Pier 33. This island also has a rock pool and a seabird colony which makes it a must-visit tourist spot.